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lol, wow sounds like something from Opera eh?
Well it is not. The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is an educational nonprofit organization that explores and advances critical thinking, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values through education, outreach, and social services.
I love it an educational source that is not “nuts”. Amazing!, Thank God there is still hope for mankind. So I was lucky to see this on a local PBS educational channel. They have only had a few people try to prove they had abilities…, all failed miserably, and one actually believed he could do it, lol. Another called the day before and chickened out at the last minute. Hmm…… wonder why all the TV Psychics are not lining up trying to prove their abilities? Could it be because they don’t have any special abilities. We’ll if you grew up in my skin you would know it’s all illusions and tricks.
Can you demonstrate paranormal ability? Are you interested in earning a million dollars?
One million dollars awaits the individual that can prove, in a controlled setting, that they have abilities that are outside the norm.
The Independent Investigations Group (IIG) at the Center for Inquiry-West assists the James Randi Educational Foundation by prescreening people who wish to apply for his Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.
Harry Houdini would be proud to see someone carry on his work to debunk the psychics.
…..Spiritualism had been on the wane for decades, but in the wake of World War I, as death touched tens of thousands of households on both sides of the Atlantic, the movement underwent a rebirth. Friends and relatives of fallen soldiers flocked to séances, desperate to receive some word or sign of “life beyond the veil.” Many of the mediums who set up shop during this period were obvious frauds, callously playing upon the hopes of the bereaved. Others, like Mina Crandon, were not so easily dismissed. Her astonishing versatility and personal charm soon propelled her to international fame, and sparked an enduring controversy.
To a large extent, that controversy began at Margery’s July 23 séance. Up to this point, the medium had displayed her talents almost exclusively to sympathetic audiences, who readily saw evidence of their departed loved ones in the strange manifestations at Lime Street. On that particular night, however, the sitters were of a more critical frame of mind, none more so than the man seated to Margery’s left–Harry Houdini.
Houdini, who had achieved world fame through his skills as a magician and his abilities as an escape artist, had been creating a new role for himself as the “scourge of spirit mediums.” “I am willing to be convinced,” he wrote earlier that year; “my mind is open, but the proof must be such as to leave no vestige of doubt that what is claimed to be done is accomplished only through or by supernatural power.”
Houdini’s public crusade had its roots in a private grief. The death of his beloved mother in 1913 had been “a shock from which I do not think recovery is possible.” In the intervening years he had attended hundreds of séances, but his longing to contact his mother soon turned to rage at the obvious deceptions he encountered. It galled him to see the public bilked by unscrupulous mediums whose talents, he thought, were no more supernatural than those of “honest” magicians. He soon vowed to devote the remainder of his life to exposing fraudulent mediums. Even in this, the magician could not entirely restrain his flair for the dramatic. Often he attended séances wearing a false beard and mustache or some other camouflage, the better to observe without being detected. When he had gathered enough evidence to make an exposure, he would leap up, tear off his disguise, and shout, “I am Houdini! And you are a fraud!”
Houdini needed no disguise when he called upon Margery; the medium relished the chance to convert such a notorious skeptic. Some observers saw …..Click here for the article